Spotlight on Shaun Sullivan, Photographer at the Poppy Creative Agency

This week, we’d like to formally introduce you to Shaun Sullivan, one of our resident photographers. When it comes to his answers to our questions, we think he says it best. Read on for our interview with Shaun!

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

In the fifth grade, we were all asked to write down what our lives were going to be like when we grew up. I was going to be a race car driver.

When and how did the you get started in photography?

In 1978, I was in my third failing semester at Santa Monica Collage when the head of the photography department came up to me and said that I seemed very interested in photography but very uninterested in school. He gave me the name of someone at a studio in Los Angeles. I went by for an interview, was hired, and never looked back.

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

What sets you apart from other photographers?

I have always said I wish I could be a fly on the wall on other shoots to see how other photographers work. So all I know is what I am told from clients on how I am different. The most common [comment] is that I am very calm and that I have a great attitude. They also say I am constantly trying to give them something unexpected or at least I have opened their eyes to other possibilities.

Have you collaborated with anyone especially memorable? 

For me, collaboration is key! I feel, with my existing clients, that I have an incredible team effort. We all add our two cents and build from there. We feed off each other and with different points of view we all can achieve something more than expected.

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

What’s your favorite part of this career and what’s the biggest drawback?

{Favorite} Variety! Different people, different places. {Drawback} You can expect to be working pretty much 24/7 and have the feeling of constant unemployment at the same time.

What advice would you give someone who wants to take a stab at photography?

Make sure first and foremost that you are doing it because you love photography. You must be shooting all the time. Looking at things, looking at light. Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. Work with as many different photographers as you can and immerse yourself in the industry. Photography is your life!

Who’s your artistic icon?

Anyone who surprises me.

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

Photo by Shaun Sullivan

Where’s the best place you’ve traveled for work?

My backyard.

Are there any upcoming projects you’re looking forward to?

I am always, always excited about my next project. It doesn’t matter if it’s silos in a studio or some beautiful beach location. I love the process.

I am truly grateful to be able to do what I love for a living and extremely thankful to all the people who have helped me achieve this.

For more information, visit Shaun Sullivan Photography online. Connect with Shaun on Instagram at @ShaunShoots.

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